Educational Music

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Music has been a part of learning for decades. We learn patriotic songs and songs about numbers and letters almost as soon as we can walk. Today, educational music includes virtually every area of early learning skills. In addition to assisting teachers with classroom management, educational music includes action songs that provide children with physical stimulation and prepares them for the learning that follows the exercise.

Educational music now includes early counting skills and even mathematics. Young children learn foreign languages through music. Science options in educational music cover health, fitness, awareness of self, and it even helps children to learn about animals. Another early learning area that lends itself to educational songs is reading where sound awareness, phonics, and spelling can all be learned.

Educational Music and Older Children

Remember music appreciation class? Many schools have now dropped this type of class due to financial constraints, but educational music tools can still be used to promote an awareness of the kinds of music that many children never hear outside of school. Part of this focus can be found in social studies music that introduces children to folk music and dance as well as multicultural music.

In addition, children of all ages, and especially older children, can be positively influenced by educational music that stresses character, diversity, etiquette, and friendship. Newer popular forms of music, such as rap or chants, can also be great teaching tools. Educational music has come a long way in the last few years, and children who are exposed to its benefits do better at school because of it.

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